Clevedon Town Council declares a Climate Emergency

Submitted on 14 June 2019 by Paula Heath

The Motion was passed by a vote of 13 to 0

That Clevedon Town Council Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’;

  • Pledges to do whatever is in its power to make the town of Clevedon carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
  • Will, as a first step, initiate and support a Clevedon working group/citizens assembly to investigate possible local responses and make recommendations for actions to council.
  • Will work with North Somerset Council, other local authorities, neighbouring local councils, appropriate government departments and other organisations to determine, implement and deliver best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
  • Will place this issue on Council’s Committee agendas to agree strategies and action plans and regularly review progress.
  • Will, within six months and at regular intervals, thereafter, consider and take action on recommendations to address this emergency.”
  • Provide adequate staff time, and leadership, to prepare a report within six months to establish how Clevedon Town Council, can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency, low-carbon fuels and investment in renewable energy and other Council strategies, plans within a timescale which is consistent with an ambition to restrain Global Warming to 1.5?C. This will draw together the actions Clevedon Town Council is already, and will continue to take; and where possible, outline partners’ commitments to move towards a carbon neutral town by 2030.”

A Special Council Meeting has been called for the 24th June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Council offices to discuss the way forward.